County Council approves business grant program

The Pierce County Council at its March 28 meeting unanimously passed an ordinance modifying the Pierce County Small Business Innovation Matching Grant Program in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic having transitioned from pandemic to endemic.

The program will now provide small businesses within the county — unincorporated and incorporated — with a population of less than 8,000 as of April 1, 2022, a maximum of $20,000 and require a match from the business applying. The Economic Development Department will determine program rules beyond said requirements.

The council authorized establishment of the program with an appropriation of $4 million from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund that was part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that appropriated $150 billion to the fund.

“We are now coming out of the pandemic,” Councilmember Dave Morell said. “The American Rescue [Plan] dollars have helped with that.”

Passed by Congress in 2021 and signed into law by President Joe Biden, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan is meant to speed up the country’s recovery from the economic and health effects of the pandemic.


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